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BAFTA Scotland nomination, 2012

Posted on 24 October 2012

Nominated in the BAFTA Scotland Awards, 2012, in the category of Comedy / Entertainment.

Patsy Cline (1932-1963) was the first female singer to take the "Nashville Sound" - honed by early greats such as Johnny Cash, Hank Williams and Eddy Arnold - to the top of the US charts. Although her exceptional vocal gift came early to the fore, as a girl she was forced to plough her own difficult furrow. She fought her way to stardom, competing with tough, male dominated music halls and studios to carve out a glittering - if desperately short - career. Cline remains an inspiration to countless recording artistes - many from the Gaelic tradition, for whom the country style is an abiding influence. In "Sweet Dreams - The Patsy Cline Story" they consider her achievements, with legendary rocker Suzi Quatro and Scots pop favourite, Eddi Reader also reflecting on their lifelong admiration for the 'honky-tonk angel'.

Writer/Director Morag Fullarton produced the stage tribute to the beloved star, depicting with sing-along charm how a hillbilly 'gal' from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, made it all the way to Vegas, in struggle and flourish by turns. The play was performed to packed audiences in Glasgow's Oran Mòr theatre, over two hugely successful runs. Filmed for the BBC ALBA programme, it offers up wit, warmth and a breathtaking central performance from actress Gail Watson. Taking all the atmosphere and entertainment of the theatre excerpts, "Sweet Dreams" peels back the layers of Patsy Cline's whirlwind life and explores her outstanding canon of work. Featured archive includes TV performances by Cline just days before her death in a plane crash, at the age of 30.

"When she sang a lyric she believed in, she reached out and she squeezed your heart with it. She lived every song."
Suzi Quatro, exclusively interviewed for the programme in 2011




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